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Civil Liberties Groups And Companies Demand Congress Update Email Privacy Law

Postby sunnyd » Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:41 pm

Story : https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/04/civil-liberties-groups-and-companies-deman




This week a wide range of civil liberties groups and companies demanded the Senate Judiciary Committee update email privacy law, the Electronic Communications and Privacy Act. The act, passed in 1986, purported to allow the Department of Justice (DOJ) access to private communications, including emails and private Facebook messages, with a only subpoena. EFF has long argued, and many courts have agreed, that a warrant is always required. If these same messages were written on paper, the law is clear that the government would need a probable cause warrant before being allowed access. The committee will meet Thursday to decide on whether or not to move the bill forward.

The coalition, which includes EFF, is composed of groups ranging from the Heritage Foundation to the ACLU. The letter supports the bill and urges that the Senate Judiciary Committee vote the bill forward so that it can make its way to the full Senate for final passage. The bill is sponsored by Senators Leahy and Lee and mandates the government obtain a warrant for access to private online communications. The letter notes that the bill ...







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